CfA - Summer Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, York University, Toronto, June 25-30, 2023

Scott Ury Discussion

Call for Applicants

Summer Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

York University, Toronto, Canada, June 25-30, 2023


The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University is delighted to announce an intensive summer institute for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early career scholars. Hosted at York University in Toronto, the institute will take place June 25-30, 2023.

Part of a multi-year, collaborative research project that has already produced the co-edited volume Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism, the summer institute is designed to acquaint participants with many of the questions central to the study of antisemitism and to provide a constructive academic environment for the exploration of these and related issues. Its program comprises daily lectures, discussions, and presentations by faculty representing a range of disciplinary perspectives from several leading universities.

Participating faculty include Doris Bergen (University of Toronto), Lila Corwin Berman (Temple University), Jonathan Elukin (Trinity College), Marcus Funck (Technical University, Berlin), Ben Gidley (Birkbeck, University of London), Jeff Israel (Williams College), Uffa Jensen (Technical University, Berlin), David Koffman (York University), Catherine Power (York University), Joshua Shanes (College of Charleston), Eugene Sheppard (Brandeis University), Mia Spiro (University of Glasgow), Magda Teter (Fordham University), Scott Ury (Tel Aviv University), Dov Waxman (UCLA), and Kalman Weiser (York University).

Among the key questions to be addressed are the following:

  • Is antisemitism one coherent phenomenon or many discreet, unrelated ones united under a single rubric?
  • Should antisemitism be studied as a quintessentially modern phenomenon or as one whose origins can be traced back to antiquity?
  • How has the Holocaust (and genocide more broadly) shaped our understanding of antisemitism?
  • What is the relationship between antisemitism and other forms of prejudice, including islamophobia, homophobia, misogyny and racism?
  • What tools do various disciplines offer scholars of antisemitism?
  • What role do contemporary political concerns play in the way that antisemitism is studied and taught in universities today?


Advanced graduate students whose research projects focus on antisemitism, racism or related fields, and early career scholars who teach (or plan to teach) courses on these and/or cognate topics are strongly encouraged to apply. The program’s organizers welcome applicants from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Program organizers will cover the costs of economy air travel to Toronto for participants as well as lodging and most meals for the duration of the program. The institute is made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the generous support of the Koschitzky Centre at York University, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, the Birbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at the University of London, the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University in Berlin, the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, and the Koret Center for Jewish Civilization at Tel Aviv University.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of intent, a brief CV and a letter of support from a dissertation advisor or department chair by 1 May, 2023 to:


Sol Goldberg, University of Toronto

Scott Ury, Tel Aviv University

Kalman Weiser, York University

Organizing Committee